Hygiene Assistant Training

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Here are two reasons to consider being a hygiene assistant: it’s important work and the employment prospects in this profession over the next 5 years are great. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates demand will grow by 31% between 2010 and 2020, far outpacing the average growth of other professions.

Certification is not required in most states, but it generally leads to higher pay (currently averaging over $16/hour for more than $33,000 yearly, but varying from state to state). More than 35 states recognize certification offered by the Dental Assisting National Board.

The best training is a combination of coursework and hands on experience in a dental office.

Unless you don’t go to the dentist, you’ll recognize this job description. A dental hygienist cleans teeth, takes X-rays and performs oral exams. On the other hand, a hygiene assistant works to speed this process up by preparing the treatment facilities and other tasks as required, so that the dental hygienist and dentist can focus their efforts. These include helping patients look at care plans, taking impressions, taking vital signs and providing fluoride treatments.

Dentists hire hygiene assistants when the workload increases but not so much so that a dental hygienist is required.

Classes are now forming in MedQuest College’s Frankfort and Louisville, KY educational centers. Contact MedQuest today to learn how we can help you create an exciting career.